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Agis IV

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The Spartans do not ask how many the enemies are but where they are.
As quoted in Moralia by Plutarch, Book 16, Apophthegmata Laconica [Sayings of the Spartans], 215
Spartans do not ask how many, only where the enemy are.
The Spartans do not ask how many, but where their enemies are.

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